The Dublin Feminist Film Festival has officially launched their programme for the 2017 Festival, including the Irish premieres of Code: Debugging the Gender Gap, Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model, Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same, and Ovarian Psycos. The festival will run Thursday 16th to Saturday 18th November in The New Theatre, 43 Essex St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
The Dublin Feminist Film Festival promotes and celebrates female filmmakers, hoping to inspire and empower others to get involved in filmmaking. This involves considering women on-screen, but also behind the camera, through celebrating and showcasing fantastic female filmmaking, as well as demonstrating that women make compelling and complex characters and subjects.
Now in its fourth year, the Dublin Feminist Film Festival has established firm roots on Dublin’s cultural calendar, shining a spotlight on women in film. The DFFF promotes and celebrates female filmmakers, hoping to inspire and empower others to get involved in filmmaking.
This involves considering women on-screen, but also behind the camera, through the dual-aspect of celebrating and showcasing fantastic female filmmaking, as well as demonstrating that women make compelling and complex characters and subjects. The DFFF weekend is a celebratory couple of days and our commitment to inclusive art is reflected in the programme each year, showcasing a range of work, from documentary to drama, short form to feature, films from different places and representing different perspectives, as well as work by women-of-colour.
The theme for #DFFF2017 is FeministFutures. The programme this year foregrounds topics such as science and the universe, magical realism, technology and the digital world, contemporary feminist issues and movements, sci-fi, dystopia, and the future female. Asking questions about future generations of women – what challenges will they continue to face; how female filmmakers are shaping stories about our existence as human beings in a vast universe; how humour and beauty can be harnessed for illuminating serious issues, what makes something subversive; what makes us laugh? Under the spotlight are the roles that activism, tech, art, geography, reproductive (in)justice, youth culture, gender violence, or science might play in our FeministFutures… as well as the shockingly overlooked subject-matters of lesbian space-aliens and kitsch witches!
This year DFFF want to showcase contemporary FeministFutures work, so every feature film is under five years old and they are screening four Irish premieres. Each year they also screen a selection of Irish and international shorts – and award a ‘Best Short’ prize. The festival will also host a lecture dealing with intersections of new media, technologies, women’s bodies, sex and sexuality, in addition to a ‘Make a Movie with your Phone’ workshop for teenage girls – the future is theirs, after all.
We hope to help counteract the mis/under-representation of women in film, through a friendly and interesting series of events. This means we support and promote films where women have played a vital role in a film’s making, and all the features we screen are directed by female filmmakers. We also want to help counteract the mis-representation of women portrayed through stereotypical characters by bringing the perspectives, stories and experiences of women and feminists to a wider audience. We’re excited to forefront contemporary issues and interesting movements this year with our FeministFutures theme. Karla Healion, Director – Dublin Feminist Film Festival
The festival is run voluntarily. DFFF is kindly supported by The Arts Council & Maynooth University Dept of Media Studies. For more on the Feminist Film Festival check out the festival’s website, Facebook, Instagram, and/or Twitter. And use the hashtags #DFFF2017 and #FeministFutures
Thursday 16th November 2017
6.00-7.45pm Trapped + short €10
8.00-9.45pm Advantageous + short €10
Friday 17th November 2017
4-6.05pm The Farthest + short €10
6.20-8pm Wolf and Sheep + short €10
8.15-9.50pm IRISH PREMIERE: Code: Debugging the Gender Gap + short €10
Friday Event: ‘Feminist Futures’ talk
6.30-7.30pm Dr. Sarah Arnold: Future Media Needs Feminism – FREE but ticketed (upstairs room)
Saturday 18th November 2017
12-1.30pm IRISH PREMIERE: Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model + short €10
1.45-4pm The Love Witch + short €10
4.15-6pm Gulabi Gang + short €10
6.15-7.35pm IRISH PREMIERE: Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same + short €10
8-9.30pm IRISH PREMIERE: Ovarian Psycos + pre-recorded introduction from the filmmakers €10
Saturday Event: ‘Making Movies – with Nora Moriarty’ Workshop €7
2-5pm Workshop + film screening (12pm Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model) €12